1940s Barbara Barondess MacLean Quilted Wool Circle Skirt

 

 

 

 

We have a special fondness for the designers of old Hollywood, but as far as talent goes, Barbara Barondess MacLean was something of a Renaissance woman and a class unto herself. The American-born daughter of Russian immigrants, as a young girl she escaped the Russian revolution to become: An acclaimed actress in Hollywood in the 1930s; an interior designer who styled the homes of Greta Garbo, Gary Cooper  Ronald Regan and Marilyn Monroe to name just a few; a dress and costume designer, designing for clients as diverse as David Crystal for Izod to costumes for Broadway plays; a philanthropist, establishing a non-profit foundation supporting actors and professional  performers; and an author, penning her autobiography in 1986. Geez, we're exhausted just listing her accomplishments.  This circle skirt is a rare example of her exquisite work in fashion design.  A wool tartan plaid in blue, red and green, black, yellow and white, the skirt is lined in red satin and quilted with a decorative topstitching. And let us just say that our sewing experience with aligning the pattern on plaids makes the workmanship of this skirt truly a site to behold. Decorated with a black bead and sequin accent across the body of the skirt, many of which are missing, but it really doesn't detract from the beauty of this skirt. The skirt has a vertical welted pocket at either hip, and closes with a zipper at the left hip, with a hook and eye on the waistband.  Waist measures 24".  Other than aforementioned sequin/bead loss, the skirt is in excellent condition.  $365